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    Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10

    How to Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10
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    How to Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10


    Windows Insider Preview is here today, and Microsoft is already working on the next version to bring you more great features. Join the Windows Insider Program to make sure you get all the new features that are on the way. If youíre okay with a moving target and donít want to miss out on the latest stuff, keep reading. Insider Preview could be just your thing.

    Get Insider preview builds only if you
    • Want to try out software thatís still in development and like sharing your opinion about it.
    • Donít mind lots of updates or a UI design that might change significantly over time.
    • Really know your way around a PC and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data, formatting a hard drive, installing an operating system from scratch, or restoring your old one if necessary.
    • Know what an ISO file is and how to use it.
    • Aren't installing it on your everyday computer.

    For more details, see:

    This tutorial will show you how to start or stop receiving Insider Preview builds for your Windows 10 PC at any time.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to start or stop Insider builds.

    New Insider builds will be available through Windows Update.

    Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview on a device that never had an activated copy of Windows 10 on it will require using a Windows 10 product key or buying genuine Windows from the Windows Store. This also applies if the new installation is for an edition of Windows 10 that wasnít previously activated on the device.

    If youíre reinstalling Windows 10 Insider Preview, automatic activation occurs by digital entitlement if the same edition of Windows 10 or Windows 10 Insider Preview (builds newer than 10240) was already activated on the device.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Start Receiving Insider Preview Builds for your Windows 10 PC in Settings
    • Option Two: Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds for your Windows 10 PC in Settings
    • Option Three: Enable or Disable Insider Preview Builds for your Windows 10 PC using Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Four: Enable or Disable Insider Preview Builds for your Windows 10 PC using a REG file





    Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10
    Start Receiving Insider Preview Builds for your Windows 10 PC in Settings

    1. While signed in to Windows 10 with your Microsoft account, open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Insider Program on the left side, and click/tap on the Get started button on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Link an account. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Select your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Continue. (see screenshot below)

    If your Microsoft account is not listed, then you can click/tap on the Microsoft account option instead under Use a different account to add it.

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    5. Select "Just fixes, apps, and drivers" (Release Preview), "Active development of Windows" (default - Slow or Fast), or "Skip ahead to the next Windows release" (Fast) for what kind of content would you like to receive, and click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshots below)

    If you select Active development of Windows and click/tap on Confirm, you will also need to select to be in the Slow or Fast ring and click/tap on Confirm.

    What kind of content would you like to receive? What pace do you want to get new builds?
    Just fixes, apps, and drivers Release Preview ring only
    Active development of Windows Slow or Fast ring
    Skip ahead to the next Windows release Fast ring only
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    6. Click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Click/tap on Restart now to apply. (see screenshot below)

    Be sure to save and close anything you have open first.

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    8. Check for updates to see if you have a new Insider Preview build available to download and install.

    9. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10
    Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds for your Windows 10 PC in Settings


    After youíve been an Insider for a while and tried out the latest builds, you might find that you need to opt your PC out of receiving Insider builds. There are a few reasons why you might want to opt out:
    • You're running a production build, meaning a general public release, and you really like it. The build is stable enough for you, and you want to stay with it and not get a potentially risky update.
    • The builds are making it too hard to use your device, youíre running into too many problems, and simply are no longer enjoying the experience. You want to return your PC to the operating system you were using before you became an Insider.
    • Youíve been receiving builds on a PC that you now need for important tasks, and you need it to be stable and not taking updates.


    1. While signed in to Windows 10 with your Microsoft account, open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Insider Program on the left side, and click/tap on the Stop Insider Preview builds button on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Do step 4 (pause) or step 5 (stop) below for what you want to do.


     4. To Pause Getting Insider Builds for Up to 7 days

    A) Click/tap on the Pause updates for a bit option. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Turn on Pause Updates. (see screenshot below)

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    If you want to start getting builds again sooner than waiting on it to automatically resume, you can tap on Resume, and turn off Pause Updates.

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     5. To Stop Getting Insider Builds Completely

    A) Click/tap on the Keep giving me builds until the next Windows release option. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Click/tap on Restart now. (see screenshot below)

    Be sure to save and close anything you have open first.

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    Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Insider Preview Builds for your Windows 10 PC using Local Group Policy Editor


    This option will override Option One and Option FTwo above.

    The Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Windows Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Four below.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update\Windows Update for Business

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    3. In the right pane of Windows Update for Business in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Manage preview builds policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Insider Preview Builds

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured[/B] is the default setting.


     6. To Disable Insider Preview Builds

    A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)

    B) Under Options, select Disable preview builds or Disable preview builds once next release is public in the drop menu for what you want.

    Selecting Disable preview builds will prevent preview builds from installing on the device. This will prevent users from opting into the Windows Insider Program, through Settings -> Update and Security.

    Selecting Disable preview builds once next release is public will prevent preview builds from installing once the next Windows release is public. This option is useful when your device is set up to install preview and you want to gracefully opt out the device for flighting. This option will provide preview builds until devices reaches the next public release.


    C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.

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    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Start or Stop Receiving Insider Preview Builds in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Insider Preview Builds for your Windows 10 PC using a REG file


    This option will override Option One and Option Two above.

    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD values in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

    ManagePreviewBuilds DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable

    ManagePreviewBuildsPolicyValue DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    0 = Disable preview builds
    1 = Disable preview builds once next release is public



    1. Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable), or step 4 (disable next release) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Insider Preview Builds

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Enable_Insider_preview_builds.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Insider Preview Builds

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Disable_Insider_preview_builds.reg

    download


     4. To Disable Insider Preview Builds Once Next Release is Public

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Disable_Insider_preview_builds_once_next_release_is_public.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Night Hawk's Avatar
    Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       20 Aug 2015 #1

    You can tell those screens are different from the one you would see now when opting to get Insider builds. When hearing about the 10525 build I couldn't anything on it at the Insider site except for the Windows Blog.

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    The last part about selecting the download speed can only apply to an existing Insider build you have on as you can see from the 7/29 download. I changed the updates from automatic to schedule an update since I haven't been getting notified that new ones have gone on until going to manually check to see when the latest did go on and then see the prompting to schedule or restart the system immediately.

    I certainly won't have to worry about not being prepared as well as any need to get any ISO downloads at this time having both editions in both flavors waiting to see when others will be wanting their machines upgraded to 10. :)
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    06 Sep 2015 #2

    I can't get the latest build to show in my updates. When I go to advanced options, the button to "Get Started" is greyed out.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,988
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
    Thread Starter
       06 Sep 2015 #3

    TONPumper said: View Post
    I can't get the latest build to show in my updates. When I go to advanced options, the button to "Get Started" is greyed out.
    Hello TON, :)

    Are you signed in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account?
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    06 Sep 2015 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello TON, :)

    Are you signed in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account?
    Yes
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,988
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
    Thread Starter
       06 Sep 2015 #5

    In that case, check your "Diagnostic and usage data" settings below to make sure it's set to "Full (Recommended)".

    /tutorials/7032-feedback-options-change-windows-10-a.html

    Afterwards, see of "Get started" is no longer grayed out.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    06 Sep 2015 #6

    I have mine set to full and when I click on get started, I get an error message from the website to try again to sign in.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7. Night Hawk's Avatar
    Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       07 Sep 2015 #7

    By default the "Feedback Frequency should also be set for automatic on the setting above that. When clicking on the Get started here I will immediately see the three screen shown in Steps 4, 5, and 6 under Option One without any problem when signed in by the MS account here.

    Did you create an MS account when setting 10 up or have already to use in order to sign in with? If you are only signing in on the desktop with the local account option that will result in seeing errors since you are providing the site with any credentials to allow access. You may just have to resign in with your account to proceed any further if you do have an existing account but used the local account option to arrive at the desktop automatically not having a password or pin code assigned. I have to log out here at times when using that in order to access either the Mail app or Windows Live essentials.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    07 Sep 2015 #8

    Night Hawk said: View Post
    By default the "Feedback Frequency should also be set for automatic on the setting above that. When clicking on the Get started here I will immediately see the three screen shown in Steps 4, 5, and 6 under Option One without any problem when signed in by the MS account here.

    Did you create an MS account when setting 10 up or have already to use in order to sign in with? If you are only signing in on the desktop with the local account option that will result in seeing errors since you are providing the site with any credentials to allow access. You may just have to resign in with your account to proceed any further if you do have an existing account but used the local account option to arrive at the desktop automatically not having a password or pin code assigned. I have to log out here at times when using that in order to access either the Mail app or Windows Live essentials.
    I created a local account the first time I installed Windows 10. I created an MS account because Windows told me that I had to create one. How do I sign in with my local account again?
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,988
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
    Thread Starter
       07 Sep 2015 #9

    TON,

    If you wanted to, keep trying off an on to see if you may be able "Get started" for the builds.

    You could use the tutorial below for how to switch to a local account to sign in to Windows with. Just remember, that in a local account you will not be able to use any Windows apps that use a Microsoft service unless you sign in to the Store with a Microsoft account.

    /tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html

    /tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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